Union Minister of Labour Oscar Fernandes assured members of the consultative committee attached to his ministry that the government will bring a law to ensure social security for unorganised labour during the Budget session of Parliament.
Since the ministry has solicited views from a cross section of the people on the Unorganised Workers (social security) bill 2007, the draft legislation is expected to come only in the second half of the Budget session in April. There are about 37 crore people working in the unorganised sector.
The government also agreed to consider the suggestion of the members to set up a study team to go into the violations of labour laws in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. "These three states head the list of states where the maximum violations take place," said CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta who raised the issue at the meeting on Thursday.
In fact, on the sidelines of the meeting, Fernandes, Dasgupta and Haryana Chief Minister BS Hooda discussed the issue of labour law violations in the latter's state. Hooda assured that the cases against the agitating workers in the Gurgaon factories and the state transport employees would be withdrawn. Honda has already assured withdrawal of cases against its workers. Discussions were on with the other companies, Dasgupta quoted Hooda as saying.
The consultative committee - which was called to discuss the issue of industrial safety - is expected to take up the matter of accidents in mines at its next meeting.